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Matthew Power

Matthew Power, one of 292 convicts transported on the Calcutta, February 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Matthew Power
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Calcutta
Departure date: February, 1803
Arrival date: 4th October, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales [Port Phillip]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 291 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 336
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Robyn Everist on 14th February, 2019 wrote:

1802 - wife of Matthew Power: Hannah Power; co-accused of forging and uttering, Hannah was acquitted. She chose to stay with Matthew and accompanied him to Australia, as a few wives did: see also Daniel Ankers who was tried a the same sessions as Matthew Power. Ankers’ wife Fanny also came with him. For most of the time on the voyage Hannah and Fanny shared quarters in the gun room.

1803 - April: Calcutta departs England accompanied by the supply vessel Ocean, and once at sea, Captain (soon to be Governor) David Collins openly took Hannah into his cabin and provided Matthew with good accommodation and the run of the ship - but not his wife. This situation was not uncommon on board ships.

He organised the establishment of a new settlement at what is now Sorrento, Port Phillip, VIC. After a short while he concluded that Port Phillip was unsuitable for settlement. He sought and received permission from Gov King in Sydney to move settlement to the Derwent River in VDL. Gov King sent the Lady Nelson to assist removal as the supply ship Ocean had been deployed elsewhere.

Collins chose Sullivan’s Cove and established Hobart there, considering it to be a better location than the camp set up by Lt Bowen at Risdon Cove further up the Derwent.

Collins maintained Hannah Power as his mistress as the colony was being established. Matthew Power received special supplies of meat and in 1804 Collins obtained a free pardon for him - although he had only served 2 years of a 14 year sentence.

In 1805 he was leased acreage at a nominal rent, and then was granted 50 acres of prime land. Collins built a house for Matthew. Hannah and Matthew still saw each other regularly. Records exist of Gov Collins being visited by his daughter Marianne, born in Sydney in 1790. Her mother was Collin’s convict mistress Ann (Nancy) Yeates with whom Collins hooked up in Sydney in 1788. By Collins Ann Yeates also had a son, George in 1793.

Collins had dinner parties with his illegitimate daughter, his mistress Hannah Power, the vicar and Matthew Power altogether.

Matthew Power prospered and in 1807 owned 4 cows, 23 sheep, 2 convicts and had cultivated 2.5 acres of his land grant.

1808 - Matthew and Hannah Power leave Hobart at Collins’ instigation and the land grant was transferred to Samuel Chase (Chace) who had married Marianne, daughter of Collins.

Collins then took Margaret Eddington as his mistress, with whom he had a child, Eliza Collins.

(These notes are extracted from a book: Governor’s Ladies, by Alison Alexander.

Convict Changes History

Robyn Everist on 14th February, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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